Reconfiguring Guangzhou identity – a study of place and locality on Sina Weibo

Wang, Wilfred Yang (2015) Reconfiguring Guangzhou identity – a study of place and locality on Sina Weibo. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


This thesis investigates the role of Chinese microblogging platform Sina Weibo in how the people of Guangzhou understand and negotiate their sense of locality. The geo-identity approach used in this thesis opens up a new approach to explore the complex power relationships that structure our society in and through digital media. It finds that although the Chinese government is trying to orchestrate a homogeneous sense of national belonging, Weibo is constantly reinforcing people's awareness of and identification with the local. The findings show that as new communication technologies and practices reconfigure people's daily experience and social lives, they redefine our sense of self and belonging.

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ID Code: 87955
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Burgess, Jean, Highfield, Tim, & Keane, Michael
Keywords: Cantonese, China, Framing Analysis, Geo-identity, Guangzhou, Internet Geography, Locality, Political Participation, Sina Weibo, Social Networking Sites (SNSs)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 12 Nov 2015 01:57
Last Modified: 24 Jun 2017 14:44

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